Remember that the best relationship is one in which
Your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
|Nikki exploring new territories|
|Fig tree - coming out of pure red rocks|
|Small sailboat leaving the bay|
We are finally, but it's short lived, back in the land of seals and sea lions. There are many pups around so we have to give them wide birth – the males are overly territorial at this time of year.
The rays, although less numerous than on our passage from San Jose Del Cabo to Mazatlán, are back and just as playful making somersaults in the water and belly flops that sound like 0.22 caliber shots.
|Bay where we are anchored viewed from above.|
In Ensenada Grande, we are blessed with having a small beach nearly to ourselves. After a beautiful hike up the canyon to the other side of the island, mostly bouldering while following an old stream bed, we can sneak (no dogs allowed in the park) Nikki there for a quick soak and a rub in the sand to cool off before heading back to the boat. The water in Mazatlan was 86.1 degrees; here we are between 71.5 and 76.1 – quite a bit cooler – we are told it is because it is deeper here. Also the color is stunningly bright turquoise/green. We think it’s beautiful but snorkelers and divers don’t particularly like it for the excessive amount of plankton that create such gorgeous colors make for poor visibility while diving.
|Oyster shell as large as my hand|
Again the water is an indescribable bright turquoise green and you can see down 6-8 feet, which is not that much if you compare to the South Pacific but from our experience so far, it sure makes things pop-out at us, like the anchor chain, that we hadn’t had a chance to see before…
At first we tried another bay but a large speedboat raced ahead of us and took the prime anchorage spot. We just turned around and went to the next best place and we are glad we did. It is so beautiful and peaceful here, although we sweated it a little when we first came in as a Mexican Navy boat followed us in and idled. They started filming what we were doing and it got a little unnerving. But they soon calmed down, took an afternoon siesta, then went for a swim and, 3 hours later, finally left (great work if you can get it!).
|Odd white 'paper-like' bark tree on ground...|
|Very thin arch|
Many of the caves carved out by time and the elements are filled with huge oyster shells, some the size of dessert plates (8-10 inches across) and crimson stalactites. Boulders strewn around the various streams that come down the mountain are multicolored: from white to black, with purple, gray, ivory and pink. A good number of the beaches have small vibrant green mangroves fed by waters from the high tides where many species of birds come to feed. The sounds and colors of this desert island are indeed very rich.
|Where East meets West. |
Caleta Partida between the N and S parts of the island
|Goat caught in net|
We end the day with a mango margarita on the beach – speaking to some tourists from Italy on a three-week honeymoon. This is their last few days and you can tell they would like to be blessed with more time to visit.
Another beautiful sunset, a starry night and during the night I hear more goats calling each other – otherwise it is pure quietness and tranquility in the bay.
|Three islands within cove...|
|More desert meeting the sea...|